UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is finally back from his suspension. And what seemed immediately, everyone in the MMA community had one question on their mind.
Who is Diaz going to fight next?
If you know Nick Diaz, then you know at this stage in his career he’s only signing bout agreements if they’re “big money fights,” as they say. And while champions are typically regarded as the opponents who deliver the best paydays, Diaz isn’t exactly jumping at the opportunity to fight newly crowned UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
What it seems like is Diaz wants another crack at former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. Two have some unfinished business from their fight at UFC 156 in 2013, according to Diaz, who said someone drugged him and he didn’t get a fair shot at beating the then-UFC champion.
The Stocktonian spoke with ESPN yesterday and had this to say on the subject.
"When I fought Georges St-Pierre in Canada, first of all, somebody drugged me. That guy didn’t make weight. The commission comes up to me and tells me that he’s not going to make weight. Whether it was a pound, not a pound, it doesn’t matter. In Las Vegas, in where the fight should have been, they would have not only drug tested us but there’s no pound allowance so he would’ve had to make his full weight … There was something funny about that fight. I’m just saying, look, I didn’t get my fair shot. So I had to go through all sorts of drama, no breaks, three fights in a row. Just like always, three to five fights a year, and then finally they give me that fight … in Canada. Freezing-ass Canada, freezing-ass-cold Montreal where all kinds of funny stuff is going on.”
Diaz’s suspension came to an end yesterday, and now begins the time when he sits back and waits for his promoter to make him offers. If the offer is to fight Woodley, the money apparently better be right or he’s going to continue his official/unofficial retirement.
But from all accounts, it doesn’t seem Diaz will come back for Woodley or even Robbie Lawler. It’s GSP or bust, from the sounds of it.
Check out the full interview below.
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